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Beijing Payback
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Beijing Payback
A Novel
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A fresh, smart, and fast-paced revenge thriller, bursting with personality and pathos
Victor Li is devastated by his father's murder, and shocked by a confessional letter he finds among his father's things. In it, his father admits that he was never just a restaurateur—in fact he was part of a vast international crime syndicate that formed during China's leanest communist years.

Victor travels to Beijing, where he navigates his father's secret criminal life, confronting decades-old grudges, violent spats, and a shocking new enterprise that the organization wants to undertake. Standing up against it is likely what got his father killed, but Victor remains undeterred. He enlists his growing network of allies and friends to finish what his father started, no matter the costs.

A fresh, smart, and fast-paced revenge thriller, bursting with personality and pathos
Victor Li is devastated by his father's murder, and shocked by a confessional letter he finds among his father's things. In it, his father admits that he was never just a restaurateur—in fact he was part of a vast international crime syndicate that formed during China's leanest communist years.

Victor travels to Beijing, where he navigates his father's secret criminal life, confronting decades-old grudges, violent spats, and a shocking new enterprise that the organization wants to undertake. Standing up against it is likely what got his father killed, but Victor remains undeterred. He enlists his growing network of allies and friends to finish what his father started, no matter the costs.

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  • Daniel Nieh is a Chinese-English translator and professional model. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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  • Publisher's Weekly

    Starred review from May 20, 2019
    College basketball player Victor Li, the narrator of Nieh’s remarkable debut, has little to concern him beyond his next game, until his restaurateur father, Vincent Li, is killed in a burglary at home in L.A. Sun Jianshui, a 30-ish immigrant who was raised by Vincent before he married and left for America, tells Victor that his father was part of a criminal enterprise formed when Vincent was a young man in China in the years after Mao’s death. According to Sun, Vincent was murdered for refusing to import a dangerous product called Ice. A letter from Vincent to Victor that Victor finds among his father’s papers instructs him to accompany Sun to Beijing and destroy the syndicate. The rich cast includes beautiful young courtesans, Chinese thugs, Russian gangsters, French journalists, and corrupt police in Beijing. Nieh, a Chinese-English translator, has a real gift for language; one character has “a voice that sounds the way strawberries taste.” This impressive blend of crime and coming-of-age marks Nieh as a talent to watch. Agent: Bonnie Nadell, Hill Nadell Literary.

  • AudioFile Magazine This is a listen for anyone who likes a great crime novel performed by a truly talented narrator, Ewan Chung. A Chinese-American college student's immigrant father, a restaurateur, is found murdered. Soon, his son discovers his father's life was about more than restaurants--he was involved in a crime syndicate in China. Anyone who listens to this audiobook will not be surprised to learn that the author is a former Chinese interpreter. Chung's narration is full of diverse accents. He moves from Valley speak to Chinese accents to a myriad of others. Chung's narration will leave listeners wanting more. J.P.S. � AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine
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